My Writing Process: Blog Tour

Thanks goes out to Candice over at Reel Talk for thinking of me to carry the baton of the blog tour about my process as a writer. Candice is by far one of my favorite people on twitter - insightful, funny, and a true New Yorker in the best way. I’m glad this tour has reached some of the film bloggers out there in the world who inspire me everyday to think creatively and share my passion with those around me.
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I never really consider myself a writer; I don’t think I really have that particular knack for captivating people with words. I would say rather, that I dabble in blogging with the hopes of one day being a writer. But with this blog tour, I hope to share with you how. 

What am I working on?

I spend the little time I have between my day job, my personal life, and volunteering to share my life of film through my blog. My focus is independent film and anything outside of the mainstream. I spend a lot of time applying for press credentials and traveling to film festivals (five last year!) to meet people in the industry and see the premieres of some of the most noteworthy indie films. I also write for a number of online outlets with different target audiences in addition to my own blog.

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What You Need To Know

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Contributor For:

The Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB) [Film Festival Contributor]
Cinematic Katzenjammer [Film Contributor]
Blerdnation [Blog Contributor]


Recognition: 

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Nominated for Best Movie Genre Blog - Independent Cinema as voted on by The Large Association of Movie Blogs (2013)

—> Read more about this blog here


Causes:

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AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) empowers black indie filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution.

Currently In: 

Atlanta, GA (follow me on instagram)

Indie Shortage: “Undress Me”

Sometimes I find short films online that inspire, motivate, intrigue, and/or amaze me so much that I just have to share… 

If you were a fan of the intriguing social experiment turned short film First Kiss from filmmaker Tatia Pilieva (if you haven’t seen it, watch it here), you will be excited for the sequal Undress Me. Instead of all the awkwardness of telling two strangers to tongue each other down, we get the even most awkwardness of telling new sets of strangers to disrobe (only down to their underwear, silly) each other and get into bed together. This is all to mirror the real-life experiment performed by Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson (portrayed by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in the show Masters of Sex) in their quest to understand human sexuality and thus serves as a promo to for the Showtime series.

So which do you think is more intimate? Kissing… or undressing?

Previous shortage —> Maya Angelou Speaks

"Fifty Shades of Grey"

Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

Alot of people out there wanted this and so now the first trailer is here for the movie based on the worldwide book phenon (written by EL James) with Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) in the lead roles. I’m not offering any comment other than to say that I rather watch Dornan with facial scruff and character dimension in series The Fall(it’s SOO good). But I am REALLY curious on how this is getting perceived.

So… what do you think? For the fans of the book, is this how it envisioned the words coming to life? For those who didn’t read the book (like me), are you interested in seeing it?

"The One I Love"

Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them.

Guys, you are in for a treat. Following the unexpectedly sweet and candid Obvious Child, comes another film that sets itself up to be a conventional rom-com but ends up turning the whole concept on its head; this one using tiny bits of whimsy to delve into how married people come to view each other and reconcile their relationship needs. The trailer teases some of this, but just like first-time feature director Charlie McDowell said in his introduction to the Sundance world premiere, you guys have no idea what you’re in for. Read some of my thoughts on the film after I screened it at Sundance. Oh, and see with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass after the screening. 

The One I Love hits theaters in a limited run on August 15.

July in Film: Must Watch List

Newcomer Ellar Coltrane grows up before your eyes, Michael Pitt reconciles science and faith, and Anna Kendrick is the lovable yet irresponsible sister that bring misery to everyone.

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"Boyhood" (limited; wide July 18)

Director: Richard Linklater
Cast:  Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
My Grade: B [commentary]

Synopsis: The life of a young man, Mason, from age 6 to age 18.

It’s the revolutionary feat of filmmaking from director Richard Linklater ((Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight), following in real time the intimate family moments of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from childhood up to teenage years. The film was shot in small segments once a year for 12 years and with it, film history was made.

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Music Complements
:: A quarterly rundown of the music from film trailers that accurate portray the film’s tone, plot, and/or the main character’s state of mind.



1. “Obvious Child”/Paul Simon for Obvious ChildStandout Lyrics: “Some people say a lie’s a lie’s a lie/But I say why/Why deny the obvious child?/Why deny the obvious child?”Context: A wild-child Jewish comedian chick meets a buttoned-up Christian professional dude… and have a one night stand that conceives a child. While see contemplates an abortion, she has to find a way to break the news to him. [commentary]
2. “She” (Elvis Costello cover)/Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs for Gone GirlStandout Lyrics: “She may be the face I can’t forget/The trace of pleasure or regret/May be my treasure or the price I have to pay”Context: Amy is missing and her husband Nick may or may not have been murdered her. As we learn more about their relationship and Amy’s disappearance hangs over Nick’s life, we discover that Nick may not have been the only one leading a life of duplicity. 
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3. “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley for BirdmanStandout Lyrics: “I remember when I remember I remember when I lost my mind/There was something so pleasant about that place/Even your emotions had an echo/In so much space”Context: An aging actor, famous for portraying an iconic superhero, battles his ego personified a hallucination of his younger, action star self as he tries to make a comeback in his career and with his family. This creates a whole space to see just how far his crazy goes.
4. “Lost Stars”/Adam Levine for Begin AgainStandout Lyrics: “God, give us the reason youth is wasted on the young\It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run\Searching for meaning\But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?”Context: The film examines the lives of multiple people who are lives are in an emotional limbo beyond those of the main characters Gretchen, the songwriter recently dumped by her newly famous musician boyfriend, and Dan, the down-on-his-luck A&R rep looking to discover a new artist to recapture his glory days.


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Music Complements

:: A quarterly rundown of the music from film trailers that accurate portray the film’s tone, plot, and/or the main character’s state of mind.

1. “Obvious Child”/Paul Simon for Obvious Child
Standout Lyrics: “Some people say a lie’s a lie’s a lie/But I say why/Why deny the obvious child?/Why deny the obvious child?
Context: A wild-child Jewish comedian chick meets a buttoned-up Christian professional dude… and have a one night stand that conceives a child. While see contemplates an abortion, she has to find a way to break the news to him. [commentary]

2. “She” (Elvis Costello cover)/Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs for Gone Girl
Standout Lyrics: “She may be the face I can’t forget/The trace of pleasure or regret/May be my treasure or the price I have to pay”
Context: Amy is missing and her husband Nick may or may not have been murdered her. As we learn more about their relationship and Amy’s disappearance hangs over Nick’s life, we discover that Nick may not have been the only one leading a life of duplicity.

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"The Skeleton Twins"

A twin brother and sister who independently cheat death on the same day get together to consider how their lives went so wrong.

I have not been more surprised by a recent acting performance than by Bill Hader’s in this upcoming comedy drama, The Skeleton Twins. Debuting to very positive buzz at the 2014 Sundance Film festival, this seemingly run-of-the-mill, fly-under-the-radar, brother-sister comedy is anything but. Wiig and Hader embody siblings who completely support each other yet completely hurt each other, creating believable family dynamics onscreen. [commentary]

The Skeleton Twins, also starring Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell, hits US theaters on Sept. 19.